Barbara Kopple Overview

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Born: July 30, 1946

Raised in Scarsdale, New York, Kopple graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in psychology. Armed with experience in filming clinical studies, she began her career assisting documentary filmmakers as an editor, sound recordist and camera operator. She made her directorial debut with a documentary about unionized miners struggling against wage cuts in Harlan County, Kentucky. The film, Harlan County, U.S.A., won an Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary. She won a... See All


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